Turkey awards Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya

The Turkish presidency has awarded the late Kurdish activist singer Ahmet Kaya for his contribution to the world of culture and art.

Turkey awards Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya

World Bulletin / News Desk

The late Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya has been granted this year’s Presidential Grand Award in Culture and Arts.

Ahmet Kaya was well-known for highlighting the oppression of ethnic Kurds in the Republic of Turkey during the 90s. After becoming the target of abuse and allegations, the Kurdish activist fled to France in 1999. A year later he died after suffering from a heart-attack.

In 1999 Turkey’s Hurriyet published photos of him under a banner featuring the Kurdish rebel PPK leader Abdullah Ocalan, and claimed that he was recruiting young Kurds in Berlin, Germany, to fight for the PKK cause. A decade later it was revealed that these photos and claims were fabricated.

The announcement comes earlier than usual to mark the singer’s birthday of 28 October. The award is considered by many to be a demonstration of how far Turkey has come as a nation in the past 10 years.

Last Mod: 28 Ekim 2013, 17:51
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